Your Testimony Matters – Tell It!

What is a Personal Testimony?

Every follower of Christ has a story to tell. This is who I was ... this is who I am now. Traditionally, we call our stories a "testimony." In a court of law, a testimony is an eye-witness account. A man or woman cannot sit on the witness stand and tell what someone else told them about an incident. They can only tell what they saw their with their own eyes or heard with their own ears. Likewise, the most powerful story we can tell is what Christ has done for us, how He brought us from death to life!

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Why Christians Should Be Ready To Share Their Testimony?

The bible commands us to be ready to share it.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

Our testimony can be spiritual warfare.

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;” Rev. 12:11

 Our testimony is a great witnessing tool.

Personal stories are easier to relate to than principles, and people love to hear them. They capture our attention, and we remember them longer. Unbelievers would probably lose interest if you started quoting theologians, but they have a natural curiosity about experiences they've never had. Shared stories build a relationship bridge that Jesus can walk across from your heart to theirs.

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Our testimony is a great reminder to us of the work God has done in our lives.

In the old testament God often asked the Israelites to remember what He had done for them. Sometimes this remembering involved building of an altar or practicing traditions. Through these invitations to remember, God’s faithfulness was kept in their minds. In this same way, our testimony can be a reminder to us, of God’s faithfulness, and action in our lives.

What Should a Testimony Include?

A brief description of what your life was like before you met Christ

Keep the audience in mind as you prepare your testimony. Use words and feelings the hearers will likely relate to.

Think about the needs or hurts you had that drew you to realize you needed a Savior.

For example:

“I grew up in a dysfunctional home where I felt very …”

“I was searching for something, and I felt lost . . .”

“Until I met Christ my life was full of (fear, anxiety, loneliness etc.) . . .”

“I grew up in a home where I felt unloved . . .”

“Before I met Jesus I had a lot of pride . . .”

How you met Jesus 

Describe your hearing of the salvation story. The what, why, when, how and who.

For example:

  • What prompted your accepting Christ?
  • Why did you say yes to accepting Christ?
  • When did you accept Christ? What age were you?
  • How was the gospel explained to you?
  • Who told you about Jesus?
  • Did you feel anything special when you accepted Christ?
  • Was the experience what you expected it to be?

How walking with Jesus has changed your life

For example:

  • Have you overcome certain issues?
  • Do you have a sense of peace?
  • Has there been healing in relationships?
  • Have you gained a love for God’s word?
  • How might a new believer see changes in his or her life?

Other Tips to Remember:

  • Use plain language that everyone can understand
  • Avoid overly spiritual language
  • Leave out details of sin
  • Choose a part of your life story that is particularly meaningful to you
  • Leave out details of the sins of others. It is better to say “(blank) had his own struggles which affected me by (explain how this affected you)”
  • Remember that one purpose of sharing your testimony is to draw others to Christ, so remember to give God the glory for who He is, and what He has done
  • A testimony is often 15-30 min. in length. A good guideline is that 250 words on a page equals about 5 minutes of talking.
  • If you will be presenting your testimony to a group, it is a good idea to write it out word for word

Every believer should prepare his/her testimony and be ready to share it with anyone who asks you why you have hope for now and the future.